You’re quiet out there now that your leader is gone. Don’t expect us to lower the volume while celebrating this victory.

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Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

It’s funny how an election changes situations.

Many of you have been uncharacteristically quiet over the last couple of days, or maybe Facebook’s algorithm gods are just sparing my sanity. Either way, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the silence right now. Crickets all over.

Unfortunately, posts from some of you popped up all through Election Day/ week, when President-elect Joe Biden pulled ahead of Donald Trump in those crucial swing states. You started to plead with everyone to suddenly get along and sing “Kumbaya.” …


It’s time to kiss willful ignorance goodbye. That’s an unflattering look.

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Megyn Kelly (left) and Morgan Wallen (Photos: YouTube)

Megyn Kelly is smugness personified. She’s a privileged White woman unable or unwilling to deal with a changing world in which her entitlement is waning and the protection of her privilege only goes so far.

As she revealed last week during her appearance on Bill Maher’s Real Time, her response when her kids’ “definitely leftist” private schools “started taking a really hard turn toward social justice stuff” wasn’t to examine what has brought us to this crossroads in US history. Self-reflection, after all, has never been her forte.

Instead of grabbing an opportunity to dig deeper, Kelly, like so many…


Songs of inspiration and self-determination.

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Photo by Lucas Gouvêa on Unsplash

At the beginning of February, my editor at Variety asked me to do a weekly series for Black History Month on “songs of Black identity” that mean a lot to me. It was a challenging and enlightening assignment that allowed me to incorporate my two favorite subjects — music and history — into four articles.

As I was coming up with my quartet of Black identity songs, I realized how big a role inspiration and self-determination have always played in music, not just music made by Black artists, but music in general. Love is the most popular music theme, and…


The government should invest in Black survival, not a one-time payment just to call things even

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Republicans are so predictable. When presented with measures to improve the lives of the marginalized, the anti-progress party can be counted on to oppose them using pretzel logic. God and the Constitution are the GOP’s favorite standbys, trotted out to back up objections to everything from marriage equality to the recent U.S. Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump to, apparently, reparations.

Former NFL star Herschel Walker cited God last week in explaining his opposition to paying reparations for slavery to Black Americans. Speaking during a February 17 virtual congressional hearing on House Resolution 40, legislation to create a committee…


It’s time for some early spring cleaning

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I was only four years old when my family left the U.S. Virgin Islands to pursue the mainland American dream in Florida. Since then, I’ve been back just once, for my cousin’s wedding in 1994. I’m sure it was a beautiful ceremony, but I don’t recall much about the nuptials other than something the bride’s father, my uncle, said during his reception speech. He warned the local guests — particularly the ones prominent in business, as he was — not to allow White people to disrupt the Black heritage of the island of St. Thomas and infringe upon their Black…


They helped empower far-right extremism — and they need to own it.

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Anti-Trump Republicans: US Senator Mitt Romney and US Representative Adam Kinzinger (Photos: Ben P L/flickr and Wikimedia Commons)

Over the last several months of devouring political news coverage on CNN, MSNBC, and YouTube, I’ve been drawn to a number of commentators who are passionately on the side of right when it comes to Donald Trump. And then, every now and again, the shoe drops: One of them mentions their past or present affiliation with the Republican Party, and I know I’ll never look at them the same way.

These so-called “Never Trump” Republicans wonder what has become of their grand old party, but didn’t they see this coming? Haven’t they been paying attention to history? The evolution of…


If he runs for president again, the future of the US will depend on it.

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Theodore Roosevelt, left, and Donald Trump (Photos: flickr and Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial didn’t yield the results some of us wanted, but this story might still have a happy ending. Even if he doesn’t end up in an orange jumpsuit or spend years tied up in criminal and/or civil courts, too mired in litigation to run for president again, he could follow in the footsteps of the former commander-in-chief he admires most.

When Trump looks in the mirror, he sees a modern-day Andrew Jackson and a 21st century Teddy Roosevelt, images many of his fans see as well. For Trump, apparently, either would do — but the latter…


ABC failed the singer first by sending an amateur to do a seasoned music journalist’s job.

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Britney Spears in Manila in 2017 (Photo: Steven Lavoie/Creative Commons)

The art of interviewing music stars requires a lot of practice. It’s not the same as questioning actors, who are conditioned to be guarded and protective of their private lives, lest they compromise their currency as onscreen chameleons.

Musicians, on the other hand, spill their secrets in songs, the way Justin Timberlake did in “Cry Me a River” and the way Taylor Swift does on pretty much every album. That doesn’t necessarily make them easier interviews, though. Since they already put so much out there, sometimes there’s not much left for journalists seeking a juicy, exclusive hook. …


It was written and signed by flawed men — not infallible gods.

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“Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States,” by Howard Chandler Christy (Photo: pixabay)

I’ll never forget the afternoon I fell in love with American presidential history. I was in second grade, and after finishing my classwork, I asked for permission to go over to the “reading” section, where I took “P” from the World Book encyclopedias stacked on the shelf.

I’m not sure why I chose “P” or why I landed on “Presidents” or why I spent the next hour staring at the photos of mostly dead White men on those pages. …


Why do White kids get to grow up with fairytale endings but not us?

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From the humble, horrible beginnings of this republic, Blacks have had to have thicker skin than most — literally and figuratively. More than a century and a half after the end of slavery, true equality still feels like a remote luxury. The onus to reverse the cycle of White supremacy remains squarely on us.

Kanye West has accused Black Democrats of clinging to a plantation mentality that, according to him, has kept Blacks in bondage for centuries. (As Kanye sees it, slaves chose their whips and chains). During the last US election cycle, the rapper and a number of Black…

Jeremy Helligar

Brother Son Husband Friend Loner Minimalist World Traveler. Author of “Is It True What They Say About Black Men?” and “Storms in Africa” https://rb.gy/3mthoj

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